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National votes

July 18, 2009

By Votes in Congress Service

WASHINGTON - Here's how area members of Congress voted on major roll call votes in the week ending July 17.

HOUSE



Appropriations, automobile dealerships

Voting 219 for and 208 against, the House on July 16 passed a bill (HR 3170) to appropriate $24.2 billion in fiscal 2010 for the Treasury Department, White House, District of Columbia, the federal judiciary and several independent agencies, including ones that regulate financial markets, protect consumers and fund small businesses. The bill requires General Motors and Chrysler to restore franchise agreements with more than 2,000 shuttered dealerships, leaving the firms closed, but entitling them to seek compensation under state laws that were disallowed in bankruptcy proceedings.

In part, the bill provides $6.9 billion for the federal judiciary; $1.04 billion for the Securities and Exchange Commission; $848 million for the Small Business Administration; $768 million for the District of Columbia; $292 million for the Federal Trade Commission; and $113 million for the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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The bill also gives the District of Columbia the same right the 50 states have to spend locally raised funds on abortion services.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Roscoe Bartlett, R-6, no

Pennsylvania

Bill Shuster, R-9, no

West Virginia

Shelley Moore Capito, R-2, yes

Wild horses, burros

Voting 239 for and 185 against, the House on July 17 passed a bill (HR 1018) to protect the estimated 36,000 wild horses and burros that roam public lands in the West. The bill prevents the sale of these animals for slaughter, greatly expands the federal acreage available to them and prohibits the penning of them for longer than six months.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, no

Energy, water appropriations

Voting 320 for and 97 against, the House on July 17 passed a bill (HR 3183) to appropriate $33.3 billion for energy, water and nuclear programs in fiscal 2010. In part, the bill provides $6.3 billion for maintaining the U.S. nuclear stockpile; $5.5 billion for Army Corps of Engineers public works; $5.4 billion for environmental cleanup at nuclear sites; $4.9 billion for research into long-term energy needs; $373 million for developing clean-vehicle technologies; $259 million for solar energy; and $208 million for upgrading the nation's electrical grid.

Additionally, the bill funds the administration's decision to permanently bar nuclear waste disposal at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, and establishes a commission to evaluate alternatives for disposing of the nation's radioactive waste.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, no

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Energy, water spending cut

Voting 167 for and 259 against, the House on July 17 rejected a proposed 5 percent across-the-board cut in fiscal 2010 appropriations (HR 3183) to fund the government's energy and water programs. The amendment would have trimmed $1.7 billion from the bill's $33.3 billion in discretionary spending.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

SENATE



Hate crimes prosecutions

Voting 63 for and 28 against, the Senate on July 16 advanced a hate crimes amendment that sponsors seek to add to the $680 million, fiscal 2010 defense budget (S 1390), which remains in debate. The amendment would expand the federal law against hate crimes to include offenses based on sexual orientation, gender or disability, as well as the existing categories of national origin, religion and race. The Senate was planning additional votes on the amendment.

A yes vote was to advance a hate crimes measure.

Maryland

Barbara Mikulski, D, yes

Benjamin Cardin, D, yes

Pennsylvania

Arlen Specter, D, yes

Robert Casey Jr., D, yes

West Virginia

Robert Byrd, D, not voting

John Rockefeller, D, yes

Religious freedom

Senators on July 16 voted, 78 for and 13 against, to ensure hate crimes language proposed for S 1390 could not limit religious expression except when the intent of the expression is to plan, prepare for or incite an act of physical violence.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Maryland

Mikulski, no

Cardin, no

Pennsylvania

Specter, yes

Casey, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, not voting

Rockefeller, yes

New Census chief

The Senate on July 13 voted, 76 for and 15 against, to end a Republican-led filibuster against the nomination of Robert M. Groves as director of the U.S. Census Bureau. Groves then was confirmed on a nonrecord vote. He had directed the University of Michigan Survey Research Center. Republicans delayed the nomination for three months with charges a Democratic administration might politicize the 2010 census.

A yes vote backed Groves as Census chief.

Maryland

Mikulski, yes

Cardin, yes

Pennsylvania

Specter, yes

Casey, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, not voting

Rockefeller, not voting

Key votes ahead

In the week of July 20, the House will take up the 2010 intelligence budget, while the Senate will continue to debate the 2010 defense budget.

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